Al Jazeera America: Big money prevails in 2014, with outside spending playing starring role

In 36 races – including Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa and North Carolina – outside spending eclipsed candidate cash
Meredith McGehee, policy director of the Campaign Legal Center, said outside groups are setting the tone, messaging and agenda for the campaigns — sometimes more than the candidates themselves — reversing the usual order of things in the political process.

“Candidates are becoming bit players in their own campaigns,” she said. “An issue that may not be of concern to most Americans can be a hot topic because someone spent a lot of money airing millions of dollars in ads on it.”

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